The construction industry is still a tough market for jobseekers, and as one of Fusion People's core specialisms we pay paticular attention to presenting our candidates in the right way for clients specialising in civil engineering, housing construction or construction build.
Jobs in construction are often project based, for particular builds or refurbishments, so when when we help individuals find their next employer, and assist them in meeting their long term ambitions, our goal is to help them maximise the experience they have gained and make them stand out from other applicants.
Predominantly, your CV is the tool you use to get in front of an employer; you can demonstrate your in depth construction knowledge and enthusiasm in an interview. So the CV and cover letter needs to grab the recipient's attention and then hold it by demonstrating not only a chronological history of your work, but where you made a difference...
Fail to do this and you've failed to realise your CV is a vital selling tool and the only chance you get to make a first impression. If it fails to make an impact or doesn’t stand out from your competitors then you will not be invited for an interview - even if you are great in an interview and perfect for the job, without a good CV you will not get the chance to show prospective employers what you can offer.
The key is to make sure each section of your CV sells you, demonstrating not only your skills and experience but why, above all else, you are right match for the job. Consider the two biggest factors in any construction project (or any any industry!); time and cost. How did you influence the outcome of any project you worked on in terms of time or cost?
Did you discover or fix an issue that resulted in a significant cost saving?
Were you instrumental in driving the project forward to hit a critical dealine?
Was it your suggestion that enabled the project to be delivered to the client's specifications?
If you think about each of the projects or roles you've worked in, you'll be able to find something along these lines. Then put it on your CV!
The best CVs we work with include a brief description of responsibilities, projects types/values and then an accomplishment for each role.